Pipeline explosion near Prince George forces about 100 evacuations from First Nation community

Pipeline explosion near Prince George forces about 100 evacuations from First Nation community

A gas pipeline operated by Enbridge exploded, sending flames shooting towards the sky on Tuesday evening in the community of Shelley, northeast of Prince George, B.C.

A gas pipeline operated by Enbridge exploded, sending flames shooting towards the sky on Tuesday evening in the community of Shelley, northeast of Prince George, B.C.

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As many as 100 people have been evacuated from the reserve of the Lheidli T’enneh First Nation north of Prince George after a pipeline explosion generated a massive fire that could be seen from the campus of the University of Northern B.C. (UNBC) on Tuesday.

Enbridge confirmed that a rupture happened on a line it owns and operates at about 5:45 p.m., about 13.5 kilometres north of Prince George, said a company statement.

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The rupture happened at a site in a rural area and no injuries were reported..

Emergency crews with the company responded, isolated and were working to depressurize two natural gas transmissions lines in the area so that the incident could be contained, the statement added.

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The Prince George RCMP confirmed that an explosion happened, forcing evacuations in the immediate vicinity of the fire.

In a news release, police said they responded to a call about an explosion close to Landooz Road at about 5:30 p.m.

Pipeline explosion near Prince George forces about 100 evacuations from First Nation community

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